International law firm HFW has expanded its shipping activities with the appointment of Paolo Ghirardani as senior partner.

Ghirardani joins HFW’s London office from Stephenson Harwood, where he had been a partner for almost 30 years, including 15 years as the head of its global marine and international trade practice.

He specialises in wet and dry shipping disputes and advises clients across the industry, including P&I clubs, charterers and shipowners.